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it's. not. for sure sexual abuse and vicious beatings a damning dossier claiming widespread abuse by british troops of hundreds of iraqi detainees is handed to the war crimes tribunal. voting through the violence of gyptian zur deciding on their next constitution amid fears clashes with police has critics warned that a yes result will give immense power to the army and. so the government is in that it shows that it's going to have to move that's the good bad and it's no laughing matter for france while on battling claims of being an indiscreet cheat while the rest of the country wants to know whether he's finally going to fix france's flaccid finances.
this is our international coming to you live from moscow i'm marina joshie welcome to the program senior british politicians and military figures could become targets for the international criminal court for alleged war crimes committed by the country's troops in iraq two hundred fifty pages describing the widespread abuse of detainees amounting to torture have been handed to the hague the u.k.'s fighting tooth and nail to keep out of the tribunals our london correspondent point boyko explains. up until now the international criminal court at the hague had mostly tried to african dictators and tyrants but the i.c.c. has been asked to investigate thousands of allegations of war crimes committed by british forces in iraq a two hundred and fifty page dossier presented by a human rights organization and
a british law firm contains allegations of beatings of electrocution smoke executions and sexual assault committed by u.k. forces and according to the also as of this report the finger of blame extends to the very heart of the british government at the time so the head of the british army the former defense secretary and the former defense minister could face prosecution for what this dossier calls systemic war crimes there are many hundreds of cases where the people have been interviewed in the provided reports about this abuse and it varies from what people might think are. relatively mundane examples of abuse to really quite appalling physical their point says that british military commanders knew that their forces were committing war crimes and moreover that their civilians to perry as consciously ignored such information at their disposal but the u.k.'s foreign secretary william hague has
already firmly rejected the suggestion that those at the top here in westminster knew what was taking place on the ground in iraq we reject allegations of systematic abuse but whether all substantiated allegations of things going wrong these things have been or are being investigated that does not require references to the international criminal court the position of the british government has constantly been or were doing enough the point of this is simply that they still haven't done enough there are right now. no at the international criminal court two heads of state one of them the sitting head of state of kenya and the other the former head of state of coal d'ivoire they're both on trial at the international criminal court not for getting their hands bloody they didn't do anything themselves the people under their authority are people they should have controlled or committing the crimes so if it's good enough for the african countries it should
be good enough for the u.k. to the international criminal court has come under increasing pressure to act against war crimes committed by western countries it's now up to the prosecutor at the i.c.c. to go through the claims of abuse and to decide whether to call high ranking british officials into the dock at the hague ali boy k r c london the dossier is the most detailed document ever submitted to the international criminal court regarding alleged war crimes by british forces and some of harrowing testimonies it contains have already been made public among of the abuses reported are hooting beatings electrocution various types of sexual humiliation and even rape family members of some inmates were also allegedly threatened by british troops and in at least one case actually harmed one man described how after beating him severely the soldiers brought any is eight year old son and him another witness alleges that
a jury interrogation soldiers threatened to rape his sister and arrest he's elderly parents and the friend spoke to a legal adviser with one of the groups behind the report about your findings. evidence shows that it's not only about individual one single case and incidents it's really a systematic pattern of reparative which appeared. in our report or a communication to the i.c.c. it's mars and single isolated incidents ok there have been a number of attempts to bring the u.k. military to account for its actions in iraq none of worked what makes you think this will fare any different well we've documented many more cases than were submitted before to the international criminal court or to oslo accords. it's not all the time because the u.k. had ten years to investigate to prosecute the direct perpetrators but also the higher ups. in the u.k. ten years. any prosecutions in the country so now it's simply the time
that international courts have to step in. and the mentioned it's not the first major tam to get the u.k.'s armed forces to answer for alleged iraq war abuses read about a previous inquiry into allegations that british soldiers tortured detainees and mutilated the corpses of killed iraqis and the reaction it got from officials. the voting in egypt for yet another constitution is being marred by deadly violence with the muslim brotherhood claiming that at least six people have been killed in clashes with police south of the capital security is intense with more than two hundred thousand police officers on the street but the massive deployment of failing to prevent attacks and skirmishes just before polling stations open a bomb went off in a cairo court house luckily no one was injured opponents of the latest constitution claim and claim the document will cement the power of the military backed interim
government felt sure reports on the challenges and perils facing it gets latest in democracy. there was a bomb. last here in the capital in an area called embed that's a court room that was supposed to house all the ballots about particular area by the end of the day the explosion was so large that it managed to break the windows of the buildings adjacent to it however no one was injured nonetheless we have violence break up across the country in particular betty suite which is an office in egypt where we just heard that the brotherhood supporters and supporters of the ousted president mohamed morsy had taken to the streets and protest against the razor for random and got descended into street battles with the police this also you've been violence and when we've also had reports of the beginning outbreak of street clashes between security forces and mr brotherhood supporters and mohamed morsy supporters up and down xandra as well so really it's a very targeted day for the. day of this referendum and people here in egypt
speaking to them they tell me they think it's going to get worse when you go into the streets at the moment it seems to be overwhelmingly people are looking for a yes vote but there still is quite a hard core group of people who are saying the no to the constitution or boycotting the people that have worried about this constitution say that it will only cement military powers over the next civilian president there are a few articles there in the constitution which basically say that military trials to trials for civilians will be allowed which allows the minute to control that little bit of the judiciary in addition which is the key change here the defense minister which at the moment is the de facto leader leader sorry general abdel fatah sisi his position will be protected for the next two terms of the president's office this is because the supreme council the armed forces will be allowed to say in the appointment say that's a big change that in addition the military budget will still remain secrets this is a point of contention for a lot of activists and revolutionaries as well as human rights organizations who want to know what egypt's military who are currently running this country and
spending their money on on top of the supporters of mohamed morsy just say the whole situation is illegitimate mohamed morsi they say is still president and therefore this constitution is null and void as his constitution two thousand and twelve should be in place. well as kunderan journalist working out of cairo believes a yes vote will hand absolutely no immunity to the army although there are a lot of addictions that are really pro this called situation and they really seek stability there's very little chance that this constitution will do so and mostly because this vote on the constitution isn't a vote on the cost situation itself but on a plethora of other factors including the muslim brotherhood whether the people want them back for not. general sisi but that whether people want him as president or not and then the last thing it's about is the actual constitution surely serves the army at this point they want to be protected against any kind of
accountability for anything they've done it's still valid to see that even if there is a democratic president as long as the army is in power and they have about much power and autonomy they can choose pick and choose who stays on and who leaves and i don't think the the next constitution addresses that. are getting farmers in the u.s. have again found themselves helpless against the jamb giant monsanto america's highest court won't protect. crop copyright even if they accidentally been sewing human scent do seeds details undoubtedly. what's. the point plus privacy invasion we tell you about an independent study that reveals how the n.s.a.'s real anti-terrorist missions he was significantly exaggerated by the white house. as if the french president didn't have enough on his mind this week over his alleged affair with an actress and there are
domestic problems of a more official nature he's got to answer for if he's to keep his new year's resolution to revive the country's debt heavy sluggish economy or even now on the front lines headaches. think so that that is why i have not done this video clip mocks consol ons tax policies which are among the major reasons has become the least popular president in france as more than history well you can move the team were told to watch more food together with belgium and france as tax grab is the highest in the euro zone the money to do the best way for. the last two hours. to fill her top says more than two thirds of the country's population is clear cut so i don't write a two person look the president's a criminal profiler so is misguided i don't inefficient gianluca is among those eighty percent and entrepreneur he was foolish to close his business down after
taxes became too big to bear with us equities here thyca this is a vicious circle my business has stopped working which means i can to provide jobs for others and i can pay taxes to my country to help its development it's like everything falls apart whether the current taxation policy was part of the finance strategy chosen by the french government to fight economic crisis but almost two years later critics say it simply hasn't worked the country's credit rating has been caught the unemployment level all those table recently is still at its highest in almost sixteen years and for twenty fourteen the european commission for costs just zero point nine percent g.d.p. growth in france against one point seven percent in germany and two point two percent in britain people and businesses alike oh my god another tax and another it's not that they're too high but there are too many and a combination of all these taxes makes it really heavy taxes today really break an
economy it seems that's also finally beginning to dawn on the country's leader examples out of new rule all rule taxes became having to have a usually known for very optimistic speech in his new year address const what went wrong sounded rather concerned a piece of it really the economic crisis turned out to be longer and deeper than we could have predicted. the socialist leader pledged some truly liberal changes such as cutting labor costs and public spending making people talk about a new or loaned and new hopes of the country's recovery but critics are still vocal as they say plan is short on details and some are afraid it could simply be too little too late rif nationality from france where it turned very soon to meet the born and bred lobby and says say their country won't officially recognize them to
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millions around the globe struggle with hunger each day. what if someone offers a lifetime food supply no charge. they can the very strong position against g.m.o. and we think that's. the genetic anymore the right products are pretty. out there is no. evidence that there is any problem with genetic engineering when you make a deal. or is free cheese oh. i don't believe that. free. enterprise is profit. for these golden rice monarchy.
welcome back you're watching r t international as soon as a national security agency is astonishingly widespread surveillance became public knowledge the white house leapt to fan it for preventing numerous terrorist plots but it seems that's not the case by a long way as maria port niles been discovering. when edward snowden first revealed the u.s. government's indiscriminate collection of every american's phone data u.s. president barack obama defended the program insisting that dozens of threats around the world have been a bit courtesy of the national security agency and i say chief general keith alexander claimed metadata collection has warded fifty four different terrorism related activities post nine eleven now unfortunately for the white house a new study shows that the numbers they're using while they've been slightly inflated because an analysis of two hundred and twenty five terrorism related cases
in the u.s. since the september eleventh attack has found that the n.s.a.'s program has provided evidence for only one case and that the study by the national based nonprofit new american foundation has concluded the bulk collection of data by the n.s.a. has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism researchers found that in the majority of post nine eleven terrorism related cases tips or evidence actually came from traditional law enforcement and investigative methods now these findings come as president obama is preparing to address the nation friday outlining his proposals to change intelligence operations and oversight geo political analyst eric draitser doesn't expect the president's promises to equate into significant action i think that the reality is that what we're looking at is a vast infrastructure with billions of dollars invested in it over the course of
multiple decades so whatever obama might be able to say politically using whatever rhetorical cover he needs the reality is that the infrastructure is not going anywhere the scaling back is only going to be superficial because as we know the surveillance program itself is all pervasive it goes to hardware it goes to software it goes to the companies themselves the servers the the cables themselves so as. they said it is a closed system that they've created so for obama to be able to say oh well i can scale back this system this is merely for public consumption just last month a task force appointed by the president himself also concluded that the n.s.a.'s counter-terrorism programs are not essential to preventing attacks reporting from new york marine up or nile r.t. in britain soon going to cover and you can go over the limit on our website right now discover how sponsors need to speed are getting at the green light to put the pedal to the metal cluster first expose on american journalist from
russia since the cold war find out what prompted moscow to ban david satter from the country. genetically modified food giant monsanto has won another battle against american farmers the u.s. supreme court says the firm can sirrah ghana growers if they use its lab engineer crops even if their fields have been in a virtually contaminated with in san diego materials well men doll has written about g.m.o. and he says the company is terrorizing farmers the implications of this are huge because first of all monsanto lied in that statement and the supreme court made
a law it brazenly by saying they never had it never will sue farmers for you know as the term is inadvertent. contamination of their fields but they have sued countless farmers percy schmeiser a farmer and cattle. but example of the monsanto has a team of lawyers that go out and terrorize farmers in the u.s. and canada when the wind blows the seeds from a field across to a lot of field and says ok you know you have to pay for someone's and his public image is arguably most among the worst in the world and let's now take a look at why well researchers points to the dozens of health risks connected with genetically modified food including tumors and premature deaths in animal test all this has prompted a campaign for g.m.o. products to be clearly labeled but monsanto refuses to do that the companies are also setting aside millions of dollars each year to lobby for its interest and has become the world's single biggest seed producer well some of our more of world's
top stories for you now. thailand's prime minister shinawatra insists she will not step down and that's despite a second day of mass protest in bangkok tens of thousands of demonstrators are vowing to tighten their blockade of main roads and government buildings while radical demonstrators are thought to be planning to storm the stock exchange ya opposition accuse the shinawatra to get her brother off corruption charges and put him back in power. residents of a town in northern spain have been angrily fighting bad over construction plans which they say will price poor people out of their homes police arrested several people in the last minute clashes which saw some for the asters start fires because of a proposed new boulevard in luxury housing development similar rally over the weekend
led to twenty three people being detained after shops and banks were vandalized. reports say security forces in bahrain have vandalized a shiite shrine during monday's anti-government protest in gulf kingdom's main opposition party says the attackers shows leaders animosity towards the people since the beginning of the uprising in two thousand and eleven around forty religious sites are said to have been targeted by security forces. you know where two hundred people fleeing the violence in south sudan have drowned when their ferry sank in a white nile river it's thought the boat was overloaded meanwhile the army is repel the attacks from rebels trying to take over the key city in the oil producing upper nile state have a fighting is also continuing near the town of bor the largest under rebel control . now imagine being alien in your own country it's the reality
for nearly three hundred thousand people living in the small baltic country of labia many of whom were born there as worthier parents but all are considered non-citizens all scots been speaking to some of them about what it's like when the birthright means having fewer rights. you could have been any minute but of the moments non-citizens have limited rights we can't vote can't occupy government positions or be policeman or lawyers in november alexander invited un secretary general ban ki moon to latvia for a congress on the issue the invite was politely declined. and you're going to have any of them there are around three hundred thousand of us and i'm one of them here's my passport it's an alien passport when the soviet union collapsed latvia only gave full citizenship to people and their descendants who had lived in the country prior to nine hundred forty when it became a soviet republic that was around fifty two percent of the population everyone else
was classed as a non-citizen today one in seven people are considered alien canady is one of those affected he was born in latvia and although his mother is latvian because his father moved to the country after nine hundred forty eight was denied citizenship he eventually went through the process of naturalization when he was twenty two years old how did it make you feel having to go through that process despite the fact is he saying you are born in this country well does your mother love you. right and that's the same if she does that you feel good and if it doesn't you feel a bit of hands and insults it the process of naturalisation the tests noncitizens on the knowledge of lobby in history culture and language many feel they're hostages to history claiming the latvian government are using them to avenge the past but it's not just a moral issue it could also be economic benefits to ending this policy if that
three hundred thousand people will be back into political and economical life will be a very good feel for the country too you know incident to finally move on further because we always look back into history who are trying to go further. and so european union insecurities of so on but we still had its turn back those fighting for their right to acknowledge they have a long way to go before they win the argument to say they're prepared to take their case step by step to scott's altie latvia and next some food for thought as we hear about whether g.m. scientists should really dice with rice.
because united states is the big dog the only hyper power and the cultural driving force of globalization it takes a lot of flak i mean think globalization means the whole world gets hollywood and hot dogs not the other way around so let's take a break from the negativity and talk about something truly amazing about america and as a guy who lives in moscow i could say that the constitution of the united states is something truly amazing in russia there is constant talk about needing a new national idea a new ideology or political theory a big change of the russian constitution. and so on and it's hard for people in america understand this but twice in the twentieth century the system that russians gave their lives for collapsed and the current constitution was written quickly after a period of violence and said collapse not after a glorious victory now you see why people here aren't exactly memorizing amendments and founding fathers quotes here in america there are debates between liberals and conservatives but almost everyone believes the constitution and it is america's
greatest strength there is a national idea that is a sacred document with a list of rules as almost universally agreed upon everyone with half a brain on the street but sadly not in congress knows when something is against the constitution or should i say against america near universal belief in the constitution is actually something truly exceptional about america but that's just my opinion. this genetically modified plant is at the center of a controversy a controversy about how we deal with one of the most powerful technologies mankind has ever created. a technology that is polarizing society.
the protagonists include a now retired professor at e.t.h. who believes his golden rice will see children throughout the entire world a swiss agricultural chemical corporation that first wanted to commercialize the miracle rice and changed its mind. and a country where tests are being carried out that would be prohibited in other places. researchers who manipulate crops are demanding more freedom the freedom to conduct their research free of political constraints they feel the moratorium that has been imposed on genetic technology for years unfairly hinders them in their efforts but pope.